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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-10-28 04:56
Subject: [links] Link salad knows the way to San Jose
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My novella "Chain of Stars" is ip in its entirety at Subterranean

Michael Stackpole on Cory Doctorow — Deconstructing ebooks.

Cool Tools: The Geek Atlas — For all your travel needs. (Thanks to willyumtx.)

Brewster Rockit on zombies and passwords — Hah!

Animal fat mayonnaise — Ummm... (Thanks to corwynofamber.)

The strangest moments in space launch history

The Cover-Up ContinuesThe New York Times blasts Obama for continuing torture coverups. Come on, Obama. We elected you to be better than the other guy.

?otD: How long have you been away?

Body movement: n/a (traveling)
Hours slept: 6.0
This morning's weigh-in: n/a (traveling)
Currently reading: Dragon in Chains by Daniel Fox

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scarlettina: Fountain of smart
User: scarlettina
Date: 2009-10-28 13:54 (UTC)
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Keyword:Fountain of smart
Thanks for the link to Stackpole's deconstruction of Doctorow's "experiment." Mike's a skeptic from way back, and this analysis is typical of his very clear-headed approach to most experiments. I respect Cory's success as a self-promoter, but I agree with Mike that his methods in this case are both suspect and sourced from a warped perspective vis a vis his own position versus that of beginning or less self-promotion-oriented writers. Gonna be interesting to see where things go from here.

ETA: In Stackpole's follow-up about what Cory's doing right, he makes a good point in a marvelous way that I must remember for future debates, to wit:

Cory is one of the poster-children for the “information wants to be free” movement; though as my partner Kat Klaybourne and author Raymond Feist are fond of replying to that statement, “Yes, but entertainment wants to be paid.” For some reason folks think it’s okay to say to a creator of intellectual property that the product of our labors should be free; yet they never convincingly press that argument at a farmer’s market. This is perhaps because more farmers carry shotguns than do writers.

Edited at 2009-10-28 02:00 pm (UTC)
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